Thursday, April 12, 2012

Harpoon's New Offerings for Spring

100 Barrel Series Catamount Maple Wheat - from Harpoon:
"Catamount Maple Wheat is a full-bodied, smooth wheat ale made with genuine Vermont maple syrup. The original version of this beer was brewed in the winter of 2009 by Harpoon Vermont sales representative John Baker.
Harpoon brewer Brett Simmons based his 2012 version on John’s recipe, with some tweaks to make it his own. It is brewed with a combination of wheat malt, pale malt, caramel malt, and mildly hopped with Willamette. The balance of malts and hops allows the distinct flavor and aroma of real Vermont maple syrup to take the lead."

 And from a previous 100 Barrel Series release, their Rich and Dan's Rye IPA is now a year-round affair.  From the press release:
"The combination of Pale, Rye, Caramel 60, Flaked Rye, and Vienna yields a complex malt body that stands up to the spiciness of the rye and the pronounced hop flavor. The rye also adds a reddish hue to the beer. The kettle additions of Centennial, Apollo, and Chinook, and the dry hop addition of Falconer’s Flight add a multidimensional hop character. This beer has a fruity, subtly spicy aroma, a full mouthfeel, and a dry finish."

Harpoon's been at this craft brewing game for awhile now, and this beer's a little bit of their history, conceived originally to celebrate their 25th anniversary.

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